The Novel and Its Masks|
Spring 2010 not offered
In the late '50s, the death of the novel seemed as imminent as the death of its author. However, the novel is not only still alive but also quite invigorated. The purpose of this course is to examine the major transformations of the novel in France in the 20th century and the beginning of the new century. From Marcel Proust to Michel Houellebecq (the latest, ROMANCIER À SCANDALE), the authors of novels have sought to achieve various purposes. Narrative techniques have changed, new themes have appeared. Particular attention will be paid to the role of women writers, readers' response, and the growing interplay between autobiography and fiction.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)(FRST)
Tentative reading list:
Marcel Proust, DU COTE DE CHEZ SWANN
Andre Gide, LES FAUX-MONNAYEURS
Jean-Paul Sartre, LA NAUSEE
Alain Robbe-Grillet, LES GOMMES
Marguerite Duras, LE RAVISSEMENT DE LOL V. STEIN
Marcel Benabou, JETTE CE LIVRE AVANT QU'IL SOIT TROP TARD
Marie Redonnet, SPLENDID HOTEL
Michel Houellebecq, EXTENSION DU DOMAINE DE LA LUTTE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will write 2 short papers and a 6-8 page final paper. Students will also make a short presentation in class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While any student who has completed FREN 215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN 215 through the placements test may sign up for this course, it is an introductory course intended for students who have completed FREN 215 or not taken more than one course in French beyond 215 and not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussion will be in French.
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